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Maria Guanzon

is a songwriter, future novelist, adventurer, and an escapist in this mundane world. She likes to explore pop culture in different eras particularly from the 50's to the 80's. She's a Ravenclaw who wants to uncover the existential truths using the methods of Aquinas and Socrates.Her passion and desire to learn will never cease. In her free time, she writes original songs, searches for the lipstick that Audrey Hepburn wore in the Breakfast at Tiffany's, and tries to complete her survival kit and a 25-year vegan food supply, if in case of a zombie apocalypse. Warning: this usually quiet introvert will be a chatterbox once triggered with geeky references.

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  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review: Recapturing Spielberg's Magic
    With its stunning visuals and magnetic storytelling, Jurassic Park solidified Steven Spielberg’s legacy as one of the greatest directors of all time. This movie captivated the inner child among us when we witnessed larger-than-life dinosaurs that seem to leap out of our screens. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stays true to what the iconic film is all about while setting up some higher stakes for the next movie. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom follows Owen Grady and Claire Dearing as they try to save the remaining dinosaurs in the Jurassic World theme park. A volcanic eruption threatens to destroy the island that threatens the existence of the creatures that are peacefully living there. The screenwriters, Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, did a great job in creating a script that elicits empathy for these dinosaurs in peril. The movie has a thought-provoking message that allows the audience to care for the welfare of other sentient beings. While the movie fell short measuring up to the 25-year-old original film, it is still enjoyable and visually compelling. Directing a reboot to a classic film is not an easy task just like we saw in the new Star Wars trilogy. If you copy most the elements on that classic, the reboot will leave fans disappointed and unsatisfied. However, if you introduce some changes out of nowhere, the spirit of the classic film will be lost. Fans will be dumbfounded and mad because of these radical changes to their beloved film. Yes, I am talking about The Last Jedi.   J.A. Bayona found the right balance of paying homage to the classic and reinventing the typical dinosaur film concept. The first act of the Fallen Kingdom pays its respects to the Jurassic Park. There is a thrilling escape sequence in the island as the characters avoid the spewed lava. In the end, I teared up because of the emotional scene involving a Brachiosaurus left on the island that is seemingly crying for help. Except for that sequence, the majority of the first half of the film is a slow burn. We eventually figured out who the bad guy is and the fun started. The dinosaurs were taken in an enclosed setting. That made the movie more exciting yet suspenseful. We’ll see the dinosaurs roam this claustrophobic environment as the characters avoid being eaten. Fallen Kingdom utilized the classic haunted house-style in delivering thrills and tension. Despite all that, I found that this movie is a bit flawed. Jurassic World was riddled with flat characters and a bit messy pacing. Unfortunately, I found those similar problems in Fallen Kingdom. They did try to provide a bit more characterization but it was still not enough. The villain is a cookie-cutter bad guy who exploits these dinosaurs for his own gain. The protagonists save the dinosaurs from harm and extinction. That’s it. Chris Pratt still gives a charismatic performance as Owen Grady. He is very likable and cool. I see no traces of Star-Lord there and he is consistent with this role since the Jurassic World. I also saw an issue in regards to its tone and pacing. The dinosaurs were put into this island where they can freely roam. We get a classic pre-historic ambiance just like the original trilogy. When they were transported to a different setting, the tone drastically change. Like I said, it was more suspenseful. It was a slow paced film with not much happening in the first half. However, the third act provides a lot of enjoyment. The film also introduced new dinosaur hybrids such as Indoraptor, which has the DNA of both Indominus rex and Velociraptor. The Indoraptor is smart just like Blue, the Velociraptor. In the end, Fallen Kingdom tells us that we are still responsible for other creatures, no matter how smart they became. Jeff Goldblum gave an impactful performance despite his limited appearance. His lines at the end of the film made us think about the future and how humans will coexist with dinosaurs. Fallen Kingdom is a good monster film on its own. Sure, there will still be comparisons to the original movie. Although it can surpass what Steven Spielberg accomplished, the Jurassic Park spirit lives on to its powerful message and exciting premise.
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    716 days ago By Maria Guanzon By Maria Guanzon - 716 days ago
  • 10 Low-Budget Supernatural Horror Flicks with Massive Success and ...
    “The bigger, the better” isn’t always true when making an unforgettable and timeless horror movie. This genre is often stereotyped as an extravaganza of gory visuals, multiple false jump scares, and the usual Hollywood story tropes. The following movies on this list only needed a novel and gripping story and a subtle touch of gore only when necessary. Most importantly, these films don’t have a mammoth budget to begin with! All they did was provide a strong tension and suspense that left people uneasy and hooked. Note: we only included films that have a budget below $3 million.
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    729 days ago By Maria Guanzon By Maria Guanzon - 729 days ago
  • 13 Best Sci-Fi Films with Ambiguous and Mind-Boggling Ending
    These science fiction movies shatter our expectations in more ways than one. Of course, they all presented an intriguing premise that their story revolves in. The other thing is we are left stuck in the Twilight Zone while pondering what their endings could possibly mean. Hordes of geeks are left making some analysis videos or essays, spotting some Easter Eggs, and even debating among themselves of what really happened on their conclusion. Here are the greatest sci-fi films that left us with unsolved puzzles for their endings.
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    738 days ago By Maria Guanzon By Maria Guanzon - 738 days ago
  • 7 Funniest Moments in Deadpool 2
    SPOILER ALERT. Deadpool is not done yet with his crazy antics. In fact, there is more where those came from. Deadpool 2 is truly entertaining that will leave us gasping for air as we laugh at its hilarious scenes. The audiences adore Wade Wilson aka Deadpool for being bold not only as a badass hero but also as a comedian that doesn't hold back for comedic gold. Deadpool's humor and crudeness never cease to surprise us. Here are the most hysterical sequences that induced unstoppable waves of laughter.
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    738 days ago By Maria Guanzon By Maria Guanzon - 738 days ago
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story Review
    Toy sales are down. The Last Jedi made $700 million less than The Force Awakens. Is Solo: A Star Wars Story enough to make a difference? NO. That’s the short answer. Besides, we all expect this to happen. However, it’s not an utter trash like what most fans have imagined. It’s an average Star Wars film with likable characters, interesting subplots, and the right amount of fan service to possibly create nostalgia. Solo: A Star Wars Story follows a young "scrumrat" and an aspiring pilot as he becomes the Han Solo we all came to love. It involves a heist storyline together with some story arcs about how Han met Chewie, how his friendship with Lando started, and how he ended up being the captain of the Millenium Falcon. As usual for a Star Wars film, Solo has a good score and cinematography. The action sequences are slightly above average. Some scenes stood out than the others including a train with a twist (literally) and seeing the Millenium Falcon in space scenes. The wide shots of some places look amazing. The plot is easy-to-follow. Yes, it can definitely stand up on its own. BUT... It doesn’t add anything new or important to the Star Wars lore. It is just an origin story of the things connected to Han Solo. Some of the actors stood out like Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Phoebe Waller-Bridge as L3. The female droid can be overbearing at times with her rebellious advocacies. Her spunk and awesome abilities made up for that. I think Emilia Clarke (Qi’Ra) and Woody Harrelson (Tobias Beckett) played similar roles in the past with Daenerys (Game of Thrones) and Haymitch (The Hunger Games). Their performance is often amusing but nothing mind-blowing.  As for Alden Ehrenreich, he gave his best in portraying Han Solo, just like a young Harrison Ford would. The similarities are there, especially in his voice and gestures. He’s just not Harrison Ford and I found him lacking in charisma. He even gets overshadowed by Lando or Qi’Ra when they were in the same scenes. Of course, expect the political subtext. There is a little rebellion thrown in there as well as fighting the “evil” association ideology. The story itself is good enough without that. However, it is needed to set up more movies that are connected to that. Maybe, it will continue to develop in the newly confirmed Boba Fett film. Who knows. Most of the film is predictable. Good thing the ending isn’t. It kinda saves the whole movie. In case you didn’t know, this movie includes a lot of references to the original trilogy. Some of it works but others just felt unnecessary. All these newer movies that are part of canon felt like they are just shadows of the franchise’s glory days in the past. Nostalgia is good, but don’t just bring up the old stuff and recycle it. The fans want new stories without losing the spirit of Star Wars. The biggest flaw of Solo for me is that it took itself seriously. I am not talking about the humor. (I applaud the creators for not putting too many jokes in it, actually) I am talking about the lack of a good outer space adventure just like in all Star Wars film.  The final act is definitely the best part of the whole movie. There's a surprise appearance of a character from the prequel trilogy. We were introduced to a new villain that is complex and has Vader-like motivation. It really smells like the ending is a setup for other films. Overall, Solo: A Star Wars Story is a good film, but just average compared to the other films from the franchise. Thank goodness that the expression of political and equality agendas are toned down this time! Just watch out for more Alden Ehrenreich as Solo. He reportedly signed up for two more films.
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    738 days ago By Maria Guanzon By Maria Guanzon - 738 days ago
  • Top 14 Reasons Why People Might Enjoy Deadpool 2 More Than The First ...
    Warning: Major movie spoilers coming up. After seeing Deadpool 2, I immediately wanted to see it again. So, I did. Although I found it riddled with some glaring flaws, I found the sequel to the beloved anti-hero in a red suit flick really entertaining. I never got bored watching this film and to be honest, I think I like it more than the first one (Disclaimer: technicality and plot-wise, I thought that the first film was better executed). These are our picks on why many fans of the 'merc with a mouth' may find the sequel more enjoyable.
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    744 days ago By Maria Guanzon By Maria Guanzon - 744 days ago
  • Top 26 Must-Watch Apocalyptic Anime
    Mankind's fight for survival is at stake in a post-apocalyptic world. From humongous man-eating Titans to unfriendly aliens, these anime have some of the strange yet interesting doomsday concepts. Viewers may find themselves on the edge of their seats as they follow the story of some unlikely heroes rummaging through the destruction to live to fight another day. Without further ado, here are our picks for the 26 best post-apocalyptic anime.
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    745 days ago By Maria Guanzon By Maria Guanzon - 745 days ago
  • Deadpool 2 Review: Unstable at Humanizing Characters yet Still ...
    Love it or hate it, we all remember Deadpool as one of the most different and funniest Marvel films. It took some risky attempts to break the fourth wall in every chance possible. The movie often times caught the viewers off guard with dark humor using witty references that were delivered unexpectedly but on-point. Plus, the action sequences are not too shabby. The choreography, stunt work, and editing were magnificent keeping the audience’s eyes glued to the screen. Deadpool 2 opens with the Merc With A Mouth trying to cope up with a loss. He found himself meeting with some new interesting characters like Firefist, a young abused mutant from an orphanage; Domino, a badass heroine whose special gift is luck; and Cable, a man with a mission who goes back to the past to prevent the imminent dark times from happening. Deadpool embarks on a rescue mission to save Fire Fist from being a bloodlust maniac. This franchise is arguably the biggest revelation to the X-men lore. So, it is only fair that we set the expectation high for its second installment, right? Well, this movie certainly did not disappoint. I think I even enjoyed it more than the first one. However, I still think the first film did almost everything better from the technicalities, comedy, cohesive storyline, and down to the tone.   The action scenes in Deadpool 2 are more spectacular than the first. David Leitch replaced Tim Miller for this movie bringing his signature awe-inspiring stunt work and fight choreography as he showed in the movies like John Wick and Atomic Blonde. The cuts during the fight scenes were done appropriately– neither too abrupt nor shaky. Despite the directorial change, they also still utilized the slow-motion effect with a sappy old songs playing in the background, just like in the first movie. The soundtrack is a good combination of nostalgic ballad and modern hip-hop for fast-paced scenes. The highway sequence and Cable’s attack on the Icebox were my favorite scenes in the movie. But, seeing Wade with a man’s torso and child’s legs was so entertaining as well. What I love about Deadpool 2 the most are the new characters. I love their motivations and quirkiness. At first, I was skeptical in seeing the anti-hero in a red suit working with a team but the X-force grew on me when they shared their powers and their backstories. There was no real antagonist here, unlike in the trailers that showed Cable as the villain. By the way, it turns out that 2018 is Josh Brolin’s year. The actor who also played Thanos in the Avengers: Infinity War did a terrific performance as Cable. He was stoic but gave justice to the vulnerabilities of the character. I am turning into one of his fans and I can’t wait to see him in Sicario 2: Soldado. Deadpool 2 took the same path as X-Men: Days of the Future Past, only with some fourth wall-breaking and still being humorous in some supposed serious emotional moments. For the comedy, it was a hit most of the times though other punch lines missed so badly because they were definitely trying way too hard to copy what its predecessor has accomplished. The jokes may get on people’s nerves because of its over-the-top crudeness that can be tiresome for some. This sequel brought something new to the franchise by humanizing Deadpool. I can understand that they can’t go for ‘look-at-me-I’m-depressed’ route. That’s not what the franchise is about after all. It still must be fun, gritty, and enjoyable. So, even in the tender and vulnerable scenes, someone will crack a joke. I found the two tones oddly-mixed. Certain elements might overshadow what the film’s message is. This movie values having a family… Not necessarily a literal family but the people that will have your back in the worst times of your life. With the X-force, Deadpool is a lone wolf no more. I was actually saving the best for last. Let’s talk about the mid-credits scene. My stomach hurt from laughing so hard. It just went Days of the Future Past god-like mode. Moreover, the last bit of the mid-credits scene was a big ‘F YOU’ by Ryan Reynolds to the DC universe. I was floored. Although I enjoyed that, I can't help but wonder if it actually happened. If it did, it will discredit everything that happened in the movie. Or is it just for comedic effect? I guess that’s one of the purposes of that scene is to keep the viewers wanting for more. As for me, I'm going to shut up and let them take my money because I want to see more from this franchise.  
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    749 days ago By Maria Guanzon By Maria Guanzon - 749 days ago
  • Book Review: Kerrigan’s Race (The Syreni: Book 1) by C.M. Michaels
    I’m really looking forward to having children, but I want to contribute a hell of a lot more to our society than just my womb.   Kerrigan’s Race tells the story of the Syreni, the merfolk race that is now endangered because of the death of their last fertile female. They abducted three female prodigies in swimming for them to breed a new generation of Syreni. We see the transition of Kerrigan from an Olympic shoo-in and fiancée of a famous MMA player to becoming the future warrior Queen of the Syreni and the compar (spouse) to Aristos, Camithia. This book is a mix-and-match of different genres such as science fiction, fantasy, mythos, romanticism, and erotica. Michaels wrote a picturesque world of Teresolee, the Syreni water world. Their ethos centered on praising the gods from Olympus, especially Neptune and Poseidon, their creators. Let’s get the biggest issue out of the way first. Sometimes the plot can get a little messy because of the different tones of the elements. Moreover, the story struggles to find its identity in the middle part of the story. I was hooked by just reading the first three pages of the Prologue. The author didn’t hold back. From the start, it was action-packed and has a nice emotional grip. We saw from the earlier chapters the almost-perfect life of Kerrigan Everett. She has a loving family and an enigmatic yet caring fiancé, Austin. Just as she accomplished her biggest achievement in her young career, the Syreni people tried to abduct her and three of her friends. During the process, one got killed. The beginning scenes are fast-paced. They don’t have the time to mourn the death of their friend because they felt that they needed to escape quickly. I really thought that the plot will revolve around that motivation. However, there are so many things that happened in the story. It is rich with great description, vivid world-building, and interesting characters. I love both the leads, Aristos and Camithia (Kerrigan’s new Syreni name). Kerrigan might seem like a Mary Sue, but Camithia definitely isn’t. She earned everything that is given to her. She had to fight off a griffin with only a dagger, marry a general that she barely liked, forced to believe in gods even though she was an atheist, train to become a warrior, and even sexually pleased the gods! Camithia adjusted well to her new life and accepted her new role, becoming more badass along the way. What I love the most is seeing her progress but that slowed the story’s momentum a little bit. I definitely believe that some parts in the second act can be cut without having much effect to the story. Aristos is one of the most likable characters in the story. He is valiant, caring, smart, and forgiving. He developed this infatuation with Kerrigan when he saw her revived a friend. Also, Aristos admired her bravery when she fought off a Griffin alone. Despite him still being in pain with the loss of Pulchra (his first compar, the former Queen) and his unborn daughter, he loved Camithia for who she is. The characteristics of Olympus gods are spot-on just like in Greek myth. They are greedy, hates insolence, demanding, and lustful. But, Michaels also showed their good side. The Olympians are very generous to those who are faithful to them.  Last I checked, I didn’t have a fucking unitard on with a big S on the chest and gaudy orange boots. I love the writing of this book. The humor and sarcasm are very clever. The sassy remarks are also inserted nicely within the context of the scene. The erotic scenes are sexy and sensual. The action scenes are nail-biting where every move is detailed. There are times when the information gets too overwhelming. The exposition of the details could be done much better. The swarm of griffins that soon appeared on the southern horizon resembled the plague of locusts described in the book of revelations.   These metaphors took the storytelling into different heights. My only problem is the inconsistency of the tones. Michaels tried to incorporate a bunch of stuff in his writing. I think, cutting the romanticism and erotica scenes and just focusing to the darker themes could make me more invested of the story. The Syreni people have a highly-advanced technology. At the same time, they still believe in writings on the tablet and the Fates. Most importantly, they dedicate their lives to the servitude of their gods. Camithia is no exception. She needed to take on her human form again and work for the priestesses in order to fulfill her duties. It only shows that rising to power, in this case being a queen, is not always given easily. One should work hard for it, even if it takes sleeping with different gods, goddesses, and priestess. Towards the end, I was afraid that there will be no clear antagonist. Then, the Hive Queen got introduced as well as the treachery of a general. The action scenes during those moments are marvelous. The push-and-pull of the two leads made me sit on the edge of my seat. I thought that the antagonists could be a lot stronger. Although, it’s understandable since there is no strong build-up for their character and their story. We just figured out that the Syreni are not the only ones fighting for the survival of their species. Other races, like the Water Faes and Snow Elves, are striving hard to thrive. Just as I thought the story reached its denouement, another scene, in the end, proved otherwise. The final scenes are epic and very tactical. It is it as if both sides are playing chess with king versus queen angle. The ultimate battle landed with a coup de grace, redeeming what happened in the prologue. The main theme that is tackled in this book is how important the role of women in the society. Heck, even for the survival of a race. The Syreni’s culture is still dominated by man, despite their modernized society. All of that changed, with the citizen seeing the strength of women. At the same time, they still also view women as the bearer of their offsprings. Queen Camithia showed that she can live the best of both worlds. I accept my fate—it’s our god’s will, and I’m their faithful servant—but not knowing when I’ll need to act makes it hard to focus on anything else. Kerrigan’s Race also values servitude to higher beings and having faith. No matter how high your rank is, you should still bow down to higher beings than you. This book has a lot of alluring and impactful parts but it sometimes struggles with its identity and tones. Michaels created a world that is worth delving into and getting lost at.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Get 'Kerrigan's Race' on Amazon now
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  • Avengers: Infinity War Review: A Star-Studded Ensemble that Shines ...
    Warning: Major movie spoilers ahead. Fun isn't something one considers when balancing the universe. But this... does put a smile on my face. After an almost a decade development, you might have expected Disney to grant the greatest fan service with the casting of 76 characters all across Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. They will finally team up to defeat their one common enemy. Finally, the heroes will triumph because the good always wins... NAH! Avengers: The Infinity War is the third installment of the Avengers franchise and the nineteenth film of the MCU saga. The story sets just days after the events in Thor: Ragnarok when one of its post-credit scenes revealed that Thanos’ ship loomed over Thor and Loki’s spacecraft. He is now after the six infinity stones to achieve his ultimate goal of genocide to create a more sustainable future for the universe. This film is a fun, gripping, emotional, and thrilling ride filled with larger-than-life characters. It can be overwhelming and uneven at times but it’s one of the MCU’s finest works to date. Infinity War explored how expanded MCU is through multiple subplots are interwoven into a single epic. Here’s my breakdown of what elements and storyline stood out in the film, its flaws, and Infinity War’s implication to the future of MCU: First, the Basics: Awesome Visuals, Excellent Score, Great Acting and Superb Directing Anthony and Joe Russo returned to direct this film after their success with the two previous Captain America films: The Winter Soldier and Civil War. They brought their signature shaky-cam break-neck shots during most of the pivotal action scenes that actually really works with the movie’s tone. Unlike in the Civil War, those shots are fewer in this film. They tried to incorporate some of the wider and steady shots, especially the ones during the Battle of Wakanda. I kinda prepared myself to see seamless visuals because of its mammoth budget. True enough, the visual elements, both the natural and computer-generated ones, looks great. However, the CGI can still be tweaked. That gets me excited as a Marvel fan because I know as time goes by; the technology will be so advanced that the CGI in film will look hyper-realistic. On the other hand, the scenes shot outside the bounds of a green screen pop out. The nit and gritty of the action scenes in a natural setting is just stunning to look at most of the times. The score by Alan Silvestri is just amazing. An excellent music score for me is something that doesn’t distract you from the film itself. Rather, it lures you in to invest in a scene even more. During the most emotional and nail-biting moments in Infinity War, that score added some kick, making the viewers empathize more to what the characters are going through at that moment. The acting performances are all on-point. Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Zoe Saldana as Gamora stood out among the heroes. However, I would give a well-deserved standing ovation for Josh Brolin. The motion capture was done so well along with his voice work for Thanos. Well-Developed Characters and Great Sub-team Dynamics From the previous MCU films, we now have a clear picture of what the characters are like. Drax is still the muscular comedic relief. Spiderman is still your high school friendly neighborhood with his usual pop culture references. This film delves into the psyche of key characters like Gamora with his relationship with Thanos, Tony Stark’s struggles with his PTSD and ultimate fear, Thor with his lost, and Scarlet Witch’s dilemma during one of the last parts of the movie. The back stories are established well so we get to see where the characters are coming from, especially Thanos. He is a clever and scary villain. It’s amazing how the writers found a way to ground his character through his dialogues and flashbacks with Gamora. Although there are times when the characters move out of their impulse, we understand their motivation and reason for doing so. The heroes are divided into sub-teams, which followed a different storyline. I love how each one’s characteristics complement and contrast each other. Doctor Strange and Tony Stark canceled each other out. They can be called as ‘frienemies’. Rocket Raccoon and Thor’s personalities meshed really well. However, I found that Black Panther, Hulk, and Black Widow were underutilized in this film. Although they had their mini-moments, I don’t think that is the best that they can do. A Messy Yet Engaging Story with High Stakes Infinity War ties up with the previous MCU films well. It is cohesive with Thor: Ragnarok, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the first two Avengers film. I like how Thor‘s character developed since Ragnarok. He became chiller but without forgetting what he has been through to get there as it showed on his recollection while talking to the Guardians. He proved that he’s not only as strong as his hammer. It takes great resilience to endure his loss on Asgard and Loki’s death. Peter Dinklage role as Eitri, a giant dwarf who forged Thor’s new hammer. Watch out for him (or Stormbreaker, at least) because he may have a crucial role to play in Avengers 4. Gamora was tasked to find the Soul stone by Thanos himself. With her alliance shifting to the Guardians of the Galaxy, she refused to let Thanos know the whereabouts of the stone. She would have to lead Thanos to Vormir to stop him from torturing Nebula. In the previous GOTG films, we saw a very complicated relationship between the father and his daughters. Thanos always favored Gamora, which led to the most difficult decision of his life: sacrificing the one that he loved the most in exchange for the Soul Stone. After they escaped from the raft in Civil War, Scarlett Witch moved to Scotland where she was visited frequently by Vision. Just as when they felt they were free to love each other, Thanos went after the Mind Stone, which Vision had. This lead to Scarlett Witch’s hardest sacrifice to destroy the Mind stone while killing her love in the process. Every character moves with a sense of purpose and desperation. One wrong action could turn everything around.  What I love the most about Infinity War is sacrificing the bonds the characters’ formed in order to accomplish their goals. We saw them grew and formed strong bonds in the previous MCU movies that raised the stakes even higher. It just goes to show that they are not perfect and still vulnerable to loss, grief, and anxiety. Perfect Blend of Humor but the Tones are All over the Place Infinity War has the right amount of humor scattered in different instances. This film is darker than most MCU films yet it still manages to make some situational jokes on cue. Despite that, the film’s tone and pacing can be messy at times because of the different subplots. It’s perfectly understandable since it jumped from one scene to another briskly. It doesn’t give enough time to the viewers to absorb what just happened. The ending part is just compelling. All emotions reached their peak and as the tension subsided, the movie delivered what it promised in the trailers: sheer hopelessness. Themes Such as the perfect Balance and Utilitarianism Other than self-sacrifice and friendship, the movie tackles balance as its central theme. Even the poster proves this point: In one scene, Thanos even talked about the importance of balance as he gave Gamora a double-ended dagger.  "When I'm done, half of humanity will still exist. Perfectly balanced, as all things should be. I hope they remember you." Any other villain would dream of taking over an entire universe. Thanos is different. He just dreamed that everything is still in control. And, everyone lives in one perfect balance. That’s why he led to a Utilitarianist point of view. “With all six stones, I can simply snap my fingers, they would all cease to exist. I call that mercy.” “And then what?” “I finally rest, and watch the sunrise on a grateful universe.”   The Mad Titan just wanted to commit a wrongdoing for a greater good. Some may even side with him on this idea. How is he different from the heroes we love? We can’t really classify him as ‘evil’. Thanos thinks that the end justifies the means. The ending showed an anti-thesis to what Thanos believes in. Most of the heroes ceased to exist and the dream of a perfect balance is just a guise for tipping the scale into what he wanted for the universe. The Implications and Few Theories I was so satisfied leaving the theatre after watching this movie. However, there was something about it that really bothered me. I am actually afraid that Disney had put all the good stuff into one basket that there’ll be nothing left for the next Avengers movies. By the end of the movie, the original Avengers from 2012 remained along with few others like Star-Lord. Although most of the heroes are gone, with the existence of the Infinity Stones, the concept of death is skewed. Most especially, the Time stone could still be used to reverse all the deaths and disappearances. Like, no one is really dead unless those stones are destroyed. My biggest issue is how the Avengers can defeat such an ethereal force that can control basically everything. In the post-credit scene, we saw Nick Fury sending a message to Captain Marvel before he disintegrated. How can she make a difference? I think that the Stormbreaker will play a major role in Avengers 4. In order to defeat a god-like force, you need a god-like force too. Thor almost succeeded in killing Thanos with that weapon. Unfortunately, he “didn’t aim for the head”. Avengers: Infinity War has lots in store for MCU fans. It is rich with complex characters, great antagonist, well-crafted storylines, and dark themes. Although it sometimes suffered from tonal and pacing issues, it definitely gave DCEU a run for its money. 
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